April 24, 2019

#BookReview for Toward a Secret Sky by Heather Maclean

Synopsis: Shortly after 17-year-old Maren Hamilton is orphaned and sent to live with grandparents she’s never met in Scotland, she receives an encrypted journal from her dead mother that makes her and everyone around her a target. It confirms that her parents were employed by a secret, international organization that’s now intent on recruiting her. As Maren works to unravel the clues left behind by her mother, a murderous madness sweeps through the local population, terrorizing her small town. Maren must decide if she’ll continue her parents’ fight or stay behind to save her friends.

With the help of Gavin, an otherworldly mercenary she’s not supposed to fall in love with, and Graham, a charming aristocrat who is entranced with her, Maren races against the clock and around the country from palatial estates with twisted labyrinths to famous cathedrals with booby-trapped subterranean crypts to stay ahead of the enemy and find a cure. Along the way, she discovers the great truth of love: that laying down your life for another isn’t as hard as watching them sacrifice everything for you.

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About the Author:  
NYT bestselling author of books about science, food & reality TV nonsense. Princeton grad, Disney princess, Scotland obsessed. Visit Heather at www.heather-maclean.com or @HeatherMaclean

Rating: 🌟
My Review: I was so enjoying this story.  It was well paced and had a lot of mystery in it.   I loved the romance that was coming and the suspense of figuring out what in the world was going on.  But that all came to a crashing halt when around 70 pages our heroine finds some girl laying in a pew and this girl holds all of the answers that she was looking for.  She knows where Maren's parents worked, the necklace, and she just goes on an info dumping story of telling Maren everything she needed to know.  For me that killed the story.  It was way to much to believe that this girl who says o don't let any information fall into the wrong hands.  That she would just blurt out all this information to this girl that she JUST met.  It was just to much for me to believe.  So although I would kind of still want to know what was up the story just pretty much fell apart.  I wished that this girl didn't exist in this story and maybe Maren could have overheard something from the nun that was there or something else.  Because this just did not work for me at all. 

Go Into This One Knowing: Unrealistic, Info dumping the Mystery starting at page 70

"Five Stars! Mysterious, romantic, and totally fun! Toward a Secret Sky is the type of adventure I could lose myself in over and over again." - Stephanie Garber, author of Caraval
"A deliciously atmospheric, twisty read that will hook readers from the start with its mystery and romance. It left me aching to hop on a plane to Scotland and have my own magical adventure!" - Rebecca Christiansen, author of Maybe in Paris

"Full of intrigue, savvy world-building, and sizzling romantic tension, Maclean's enthralling storytelling will keep readers flipping pages--and wanting more." - Emily R. King, author of The Hundredth Queen

"I enjoyed this so much. It has just the right combination of magic, intrigue, and romance, and the beautiful Scottish backdrop and descriptions of various ancient sites just made it all the more appealing." - Heather Fawcett, author of Even the Darkest Stars

"Five stars! This was the type of thrilling story I always dreamed of reading when I was younger (way before paranormal romance became popular!)" - Shaila Patel, author of Soulmated, winner of the 2015 Chanticleer Book Reviews' Paranormal Awards 

"I would definitely recommend to anyone who liked Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging, or even fans of the Princess Diaries. The book is fantastic overall!" - Claire M. Andrews, author of Olympus Rising

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